Eastern Region Correspondence
Some stakeholders in the Eastern Region have asked the government to consider reducing the proposed electronic levy rate to 1% or 1.2% instead of the “killer” 1.75%.
Stakeholders who spoke in separate interviews with McAnthony Dagyenga of GhanaWeb at Koforidua on the sidelines of the government public meeting on electronic direct debit.
According to them, the e-debit policy is a good policy that would help to enhance the development of the country, however, the government should reflect on the approach it is taking to pass this law so that it can be well accepted by Ghanaians .
“The electronic levy is a good thing. But to bring peace, I like to suggest that they reduce it from 1.75% to 1.2% to start, so that it can be increased later to 1 .5%, then revised upwards.
“They should come to a compromise so it’s not like they’re using autocratic means to push it through.
“Tax is good. Everyone pays tax but you have to watch how you do it,” said Bishop Adu, superintendent of the Methodist Church in Koforidua Diocese.
On his part, the Eastern Regional Chief Imam, Alhaji Yusif Amudani, called on the government to do a lot more sensitization on the policy so that Ghanaians understand it.
He told GhanaWeb, “Today we have a better understanding of e-tax. Initially, we did not understand it enough.
“The explanation of the policy has not been well received by many Ghanaians. If it is done, more people will understand and accept it. Yes, it is a good policy.”
The views of the regional chief imam were not so different from those of the president of the National Assembly Members Association, Charles Asinor.
According to Charles Asinor, who is also a Member of Assembly for Okorase Adu-Kuma electoral area, at the very beginning of the preparation of the electronic levy policy, the members of the Assembly should have been involved.
For him, the members of the Assembly should be sensitized and equipped to do vigorous education in their various electoral areas so that the citizens understand and accept the policies of the government, including the electronic levy.
“In Ghana, because we attach politics to everything, even if it’s good, it ends up not succeeding. But if you empower the members of the Assembly, we think we can get the message out better (to citizens) than the ANC,” he said. posed.
A member of the Eastern Region Disability Group, Paul Ansah, also raised concerns about the rate of the electronic levy and called for it to be reduced to 1%.
He suggested that a separate account be opened for the taxes to be levied on the electronic debit so that it can be tracked based on its usefulness for the development of Ghana.
When approached, the municipal chief executive of Suhum, Margaret Darko, acknowledged that the government should have carried out a national consultation before sending the bill to parliament.
She pointed out that the electronic debit policy is a policy that would help citizens and that more awareness needs to be done so that all Ghanaians understand it.